Monday, April 9, 2007

Intuition, Morality, and Don Imus
I am interested in the recent Don Imus ruckus, where a radio host with a huge impact on the public blithely says that black women athletes are "nappy-headed hoe's" and covers up for it by saying he was just being funny and that's what he's paid for. He is not unique among commentators whose "humor" today runs toward scathing sarcasm and tasteless put-downs. Who among us thinks calling young women — ANY women — "whores" is funny?
To me, it's not so much that I'm offended, but more that I am assaulted by the ugliness and closed-heartedness that seems everywhere around us today. I am just exhausted from what is trendy. Yet, intellectually, I am interested in the logic that arose from him and various commentators afterward.

Yes, he apologized. Then he, and others, said that the African-American people themselves put their own women down with the same term. So this justifies HIM doing it? They say, "But Imus runs a camp for kids with cancer so he's a good guy. Don't his good works offset his comment?" My question is: Would a person with an open heart and good morality, who understands the Golden Rule, practice that respect in just one part of his life? Many people are saying that the rappers are equally as negative and crude, as are other shock-jocks. So why make a Imus a scapegoat? I don't know why he captured the fancy of the media in that one moment he spoke. I do know that when we are focused into the material world at the expense of the inner, intuitive one, there is a tendency to be caught in ego and separation. And then it's easy to hurt others and not realize it's yourself you're hurting.

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